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rather particularly indeed, but not rudely. I perceived a large party of the military assembled at the Castle Tavern, who were dining in a room which looked immediately on the Steyne, and I passed them unavoidably. I met with no insult on this public and crowded walk, though I purposely remained there till it was dark, and all the company began to retire. The inhabitants of Brighton, and the parish­ioners in general, behaved with their usual civility ; not the least degree of rudeness did I on this occasion, or at any time, experience from them, or from any of the com­pany resorting to that place, unconnected with the offended few, in the military line.
" On my return home a letter was brought to me, of which the following is a copy :—
" ' A stranger presents his compliments and sincere homage of thanks to Dr. Knox, for his most excellent sermon preached this morning, and earnestly requests him to publish it, as a means to promote the interests of humanity, and procure that great desideratum, ' Peace on Earth.'
" ' The ardour of Christian philanthropy it breathes should be diffused throughout the world, which is the object of this application. The writer wishes to distribute a number of copies in a distant county. A dissemination of such enlightening and convincing knowledge is only wanting to stop the effusion of human blood; for when mankind are well awakened, they wTill not permit the dignified human butchers, the insolent, unfeeling traffickers in blood, to lead them to destruction.
" ' Sunday, Aug. 18.'
"This anonymous letter, the honest effusion of philan­thropy, I insert in this place, as it forms a part of my narrative. I have no suspicion whence it came. The servant, who delivered it at the door, went away in great haste. Several friends were present when the letter came, and read it as soon as it was opened.
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